6 steps to get the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification

In a context where companies grow and transform themselves leveraging Technology, Amazon Web Services (AWS) leads public cloud adoption.

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To support Business modernization and get recognized for what they know, IT Professionals can get certifications and on that subject, according to Global Knowledge, the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification is the 4th top paid certification in 2019.

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As having a plan to reach a goal can be useful, to get the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification, following the 6 steps below might be a relevant option.

Step 1. Learn AWS concepts: AWS Concepts – Linux Academy (free course)

Step 2. Learn AWS essentials: AWS Essentials (2019) – Linux Academy (free course)

Step 3. Take an AWS Solutions Architect – Associate course:

using Linux Academy’s course on Udemy or directly on Linux Academy

or on A Cloud Guru

or using the Stephane Maarek’s course on Udemy

or using DolfinEd’s course on Udemy.

(On Linux Academy and A Cloud Guru, it is possible to access courses using a 7 days free trial period.)

Step. 4 Practice AWS using AWS free tier, doing Hands-On Labs and Learn by Doing activities.

Step 5. Study AWS Docs, FAQs, whitepaperps, best practices, Well Architected Framework, Well Architected resources, overview documentation and training material.

Step 6. Do practice tests starting with the Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate online course (free course) and choosing between Whizlabs tests or Jon Bonso tests (given as examples).

(Before registering to the exam, remember that it is possible to activate the English Second Language (ESL) to have 30 more minutes to pass the exam if your mother tongue is not English. To activate the ESL: you can go to certmetrics, click on “Request Exam Accommodations”, click on “Request Accommodation”, and click on « ESL +30 MINUTES ».)

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Free resources list to learn Amazon Web Services (AWS)

If you are interested in Cloud computing and Solutions Architecture, here is a list of free resources to learn and leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) to support Digital Transformation and Business growth:

https://stefanocossignani.wordpress.com/links/learn-aws-free/

Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models: benefits, origins, examples

What are Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models benefits and who is using those models?

Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models are used in various context by different public organizations and private companies notably to drive value centric initiatives, improve performance and optimize budget use.

Where are Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models coming from?

The vast majority of renowned Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models (the Enterprise Architecture Maturity litterature and related subjects such as Enterprise Architecture Effectivness) come from the USA and English speaking countries. (The Dynamic Architecture Maturity Matrix, mentioned below, comes from Netherlands and van Steenbergen et al.)

In France, experts may also talk about “Information Systems Urbanization” that can be associated to IT Enterprise Architecture (based on the Club Urba-EA viewpoint) and use an approach called “l’Indice d’urbanisation” which means Urbanization Index.

The Hybrid Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model (HEAMM) is the first Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model created in France but more interestingly, among the various caracteristics it has, it is worth mentioning that this approach combines 100 areas of assessment and development that include Digital initiatives to extend (significantly and meaningfully) the scope of usual Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models.

8 Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models list

To give you examples of Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models, here is a list of 8 models:

– Architecture Capability Maturity Model (ACMM) v1.2 – United States Department of Commerce (US DoC)
– Dynamic Architecture Maturity Matrix (DyAMM) – van Steenbergen et al.
– Entreprise Architecture Maturity Model (EAMM) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan
– Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model (EAMM) v1.3 – National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
– Enterprise Architecture Management Maturity Framework (EAMMF) 2.0 – United States Government Accountability Office (US GAO)
– Hybrid Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model (HEAMM) – Stefano Cossignani
– Indice d’urbanisation – Club Urba-EA
– Strategic Alignment Maturity Model (SAMM) – Jerry Luftman

The Hybrid Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model: a free matrix to assess and grow organizations extensively

Do you need to grow your organization?
Do you need to assess the level of development of your organization now and will have to measure your progress in the future?
Do you need to design a detailed and prioritized roadmap to change or transform your organzation?

Fortune 500 companies, the US Government (the United States Government Accountability Office, the United States Department of Commerce, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and many more organizations around the world use Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models notably to realize assessments and drive growth in a structured manner.

As various Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models exist and are complementary, I have decided to combine their strengths in a single strategical and organizational tool called the Hybrid Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model (HEAMM).

The HEAMM gives organizations the possibility notably to:
– do a quick assessment with a very wide and detailed scope of analysis,
– generate rapidly a 360 degrees plan for improvement that includes digital transformation initiatives,
– have a clear development target state to aim for and metrics to make sure that goals are reached.

Information (at the moment in French) on the Hybrid Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model is available on this page.

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This MOOC can help organizations find which digital strategies bring Business success.

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